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August 2016

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Minister for Health Jill Hennessy with prostate cancer survivor Anthony King, originally from Chicago but an Australian resident for 26 years, and Western Health Director of Surgery and Head of Urology Unit Professor Helen O’Connell (left).

10,000 saved lives is goal of cancer initiatives

Victoria has set itself the ambitious target of saving 10,000 lives from cancer in the next 10 years as it launches a co-ordinated plan to tackle the insidious disease.

The Victorian Cancer Plan 2016/20, launched by Minister for Health Jill Hennessy, pulls together a range of initiatives in prevention, detection, treatment and research to support people who develop cancer and give them the best chance of beating it.

The plan is the first developed under the Improving Cancer Outcomes Act 2014.

It sets a target to save 10,000 lives by 2025 and provides key directions on how to work to reduce the burden of cancer and ensure Victorians living with the disease have the best treatment, support and care.

Victoria is recognised as a significant contributor to national and global agendas to prevent cancer and deliver effective cures through improved treatment.

Ms Hennessy also announced $2.92 million in grants for 13 projects to help better support people living with or who have survived cancer.

The Victorian Cancer Survivorship program invests in innovative approaches to improve support to Victorians recovering from cancer.

Projects funded in round two have a strong focus on supporting young people and those patients in regional Victoria.

‘Every day in Victoria, around 84 people will be diagnosed with cancer and 29 people will die a cancer-related death,’ Ms Hennessy said.

‘We want a better future for people who contract cancer and to consign these statistics to the past.

‘Cancer survivorship is emerging as a key issue due to the increasing number of people living with cancer in the community and our latest range of grants will help them live better lives.’